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FF’s Tea Hit-list

Yixing Xuan Teahouse

Yixing Xuan Teahouse is one of the teahouses in Singapore that offers high-quality Chinese teas that’s brewed from the heart. I really enjoyed my afternoon in the cosy teahouse learning about the different varieties of tea and health benefits they bring. Be sure to try their homemade Green Tea Pancake ($7) which provides a perfect balance of sweet and savoury, crisp on the outside and filled with delicious red bean paste inside. To educate more people about Chinese tea, they offer Tea Appreciation workshops where you can gain in-depth understanding and knowledge about tea with dim sum snacks to complement the experience. And if you do not have time to sit down for a drink, you can also purchase tea leaves and even tea-making equipment at reasonable prices.

78 Tanjong Pagar Road 
Singapore 088499 
62246961
Mon – Sat : 10am – 8pm
Sun & Public Holiday : 10am – 7pm

Tea Chapter

 

If you want a fully immersive tea experience then look no further. Right down from its facade to its decor inside, Tea Chapter reminds me very much of the teahouses from the olden days. Even after 20 over years of tenancy, it still retains much of its original flavour to provide a unique tea drinking experience for their customers. A quality experience there would include having a tea master demonstrating how to make a good pot of tea and explaining the various teas and its benefits as well as teaching you the formality and manners of tea making/pouring. Fun fact: Queen Elizabeth had tea here!

9 & 11 Neil Road
Singapore 088808
6221 0604
Sun – Thurs: 11am – 10.30pm
Fri – Sat, Public Holiday & Eve: 11am – 11pm

Jing-Si Books & Cafe

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Jing Si Books & Café is ran by the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation to aid the spiritual development of society without preaching. Their aim is to provide a spiritual oasis for busy city dwellers, a calm environment where visitors can quench their spiritual thirst or feed their spiritual hunger. The decor is very much similar the bookstores in Taiwan, evoking a very zen-like ambience for you to unwind and relax with a book and a cup from their fine selection of Taiwanese tea. You may even find enlightenment before leaving.

Blk 134, Geylang East Ave 1, #01-219
Singapore 380134
67472080
Daily: 1.30am – 8.30pm 

Camellia Tea-bar

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Specialising in loose black and oolong tea leaves sourced from farms in the Wuyi Mountain regions, Camellia hopes to educate more people with the knowledge of this simple yet intricate beverage.  “Bestowed with divine blessings, nowhere else besides those grown in the Wuyi Mountain, shall be named 武夷岩茶,天造之物,不可異地 – words of Chen, a notable artisan in the realm of Wuyi tea. ​Camellia Tea Bar has a vision to continue preservation of tea traditions in Singapore, to bridge people with tea like how nature meets exquisite craftsmanship passed down through generations. 

88 East Coast Road
Katong Square #01-08 
Singapore 428788
8783 1993
Tues – Sun: 11am – 8pm

Tian Fu Tea Room

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The difference between Tian Fu Tea Room and the rest of the other teahouses is its distinction of being the first teahouse within a restaurant (Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant) in Singapore. It is a fully dedicated tearoom serving over 30 varieties of premium Chinese tea and exquisitely handcrafted dim sum. A veritable tea institution, Tian Fu Tea Room offers a tranquil atmosphere where you can gain an appreciation of each region’s distinctive elegance and unique characteristics. 

PARKROYAL on Beach Road
7500 Beach Road
6505 5724

PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
181 Kitchener Road
6428 3170

TOP of UOB Plaza
80 Raffles Place, #60-01 UOB Plaza 1
6535 6006

Daily: 11.30am – 10pm

Arteastiq

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Arteastiq means “the art of teasing” or “the art of tea that makes you tick”. Situated in the heart of Orchard Road, Arteastiq is an oasis from the beat of the city. Set apart as a modern boutique tea lounge, it has an elegant chi-chi ambience with a comprehensive medley of artisanal tea selections for all occasions. Be spoilt for choice with their 45 different specialty tea sets complemented with a little snack to further complete the tea experience. This is definitely the place to go for a nice afternoon hang with your girlfriends to feel like a tai-tai.

Mandarin Gallery, #04-14/15 333A Orchard Road
Singapore 238867
6235 8370 
Weekdays: 11am – 10pm
Weekends: 10am – 10pm

68 Orchard Rd #03-70/72, Plaza Singapura
Singapore 238839
6336 0951 
Daily: 11am – 10pm

Tea Bone Zen Mind

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A visit to tea bone zen mind ensures a tea experience that seamlessly blends old-world charm with modern aesthetics, familiar tastes with new aromas, gourmet treats with street fare. We expect no less from its founder, Carrie Chen, a world authority on tea and tea culture who wanders the world in search for fine quality teas and artisanal tea ware to create her own blends. Whether you’re a casual drinker or a tea connoisseur, it’s a perfectly private and tranquil sanctuary where you can gather with your closest friends and sip on one of the finest teas in Singapore.

Tea sampling is by appointment only.

98 Emerald Hill Road
Singapore 229374
6334 4212
Mon – Sat: 11am – 7pm

Looksee Looksee

This is quite possibly the prettiest pastel-hued reading room I’ve ever seen and it looks like a page right out of a Kinfolk magazine. Looksee Looksee is a “reading room and tea salon”  offering teas by homegrown specialty tea company A.muse Projects. I tried the Dark Chocolate Mocha Tea (gasp, coffee notes in tea?! OF COURSE I GOTTA TRY IT) and it was every bit as earthy and chocolatey as you would imagine. It is a nice secluded spot to seek respite from the shopping (and heat) of Haji Lane. This is definitely not a place to gloss over the latest gossip but if you enjoy a good cuppa and some peace & quiet then this is the place for you.

267 Beach Road
Singapore 199545
6338 8035
Mon – Fri: 9.30am – 6pm

Chinese Opera Teahouse

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Probably the only one of its kind left in Singapore, where you get to sip on specially brewed Chinese tea while enjoying a Chinese Opera. Before movies and Netflix, this was the peak of entertainment for our grandparents but unfortunately, as years passed, it slowly became a dying trade. If you fancy a little lesson in Chinese culture, do consider taking a glimpse into the fascinating world of Chinese opera that our parents grew up with. 

Chairman, Chinese Theatre Circle Limited, 5 Smith Street
Singapore 058919
6323-4862
Tues – Sun: 12pm – 5pm

Hyde & Co.

Hyde & Co. is a Halal-certified, full-fledged cafe serving generous portions of mod-Sin dishes coupled with The Hyde Collection of specialty teas. Instead of focusing on coffee like most cafes, they draw inspiration from Singapore’s British Colonial past – the old world British charm and its present- a thriving metropolis and offer an extensive list of teas sourced from all over the world. I tried one of their Cold Brew Tea offerings, the Addams Family – a light Turkish apple tea that proved refreshing with fruity and floral notes. While it may not be a place to drink tea and read a book, it is a great place for a casual gathering with friends. 

785 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198753
6635 5785
Sun – Mon: 12pm – 6pm
Wed – Sat: 12pm – 10:30pm

 

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